As the TEDxSalem Artist-in-Residence, Cayla Skillin-Brauchle is asking the question: how do we create an environment where we experience multiple perspectives? Can the visual experience of seeing the same thing from different viewpoints create space in our brains to also entertain different truths?
To visually present this question she is creating an installation out of large, fabric pillars. This installation will be built in the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center, and displayed as the backdrop for the TEDxSalem event on Saturday, January 6. Blue fabric in the center of the installation will reference a looking glass, seemingly clear and crisp. As the audience moves around the room during the event, they will experience kaleidoscopic shifts in color and texture. Throughout the day, Cayla will encourage audience members to sit in different spots and see this installation from different angles, testing her hypothesis: do ideas affect us differently when they are framed differently?
Cayla Skillin-Brauchle believes art has the capacity to allow us to envision and practice life meaningfully. She exhibits drawings, prints, installations and performance art internationally at venues including Rotunda Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand; ROY G BIV Gallery in Columbus, Ohio; Artspace Mackay in Queensland, Australia; Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai, India; and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, in Salem, Oregon. Skillin-Brauchle has been awarded residencies at Iskra Print Collective, Vermont Studio Center, the Hambidge Center, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, PLAYA Summer Lake and is the 2018 Artist in Residence at TEDxSalem. Having earned a BA from Beloit College and her MFA from Ohio University, Skillin-Brauchle was 2012-13 Fulbright Fellow in India. Skillin-Brauchle lives and works in Salem where she is Assistant Professor of Art at Willamette University.
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